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Rudy Giuliani received multiple calls from Trump's OMB this year — some just minutes after he'd talked with Lev Parnas

Rudy Giuliani received multiple calls from Trump's OMB this year — some just minutes after he'd talked with Lev ParnasRudy Giuliani probably can't explain this one away with a butt dial.Throughout 2019, President Trump's lawyer — who doesn't have a White House job — received multiple calls from the White House's Office of Management and Budget, phone records obtained by the House Intelligence Committee reveal. It's unclear exactly who from the office was calling Giuliani in the specified cases, but the calls did come noticeably close to Giuliani's other communications surrounding Ukraine.Several calls from the White House and the OMB to Giuliani happened on April 12, 23, and 24, the phone records show, with one OMB call on the 24th lasting more than 13 minutes. And on either side on most of those calls, records show Giuliani received calls from or called Lev Parnas, one of the two indicted operatives he sent to Ukraine to dig up damaging information on the Bidens.> This is fascinating, as flagged by ⁦@KatyTurNBC⁩ and ⁦@AriMelber⁩ as I sit on tv w them: ⁦@RudyGiuliani⁩ was in contact with OMB. pic.twitter.com/UwYD4CZffy> > — Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) December 3, 2019Giuliani received another 13-minute call from the OMB months later, on August 8. He spent several hours calling and texting back and forth with a White House number and the White House situation room, as well as an unknown number, the phone records show.> The report includes Rudy Giuliani's call history to the Sit Room, OMB 's and various White House 's. pic.twitter.com/wkNnXJ93t7> > — Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) December 3, 2019All of this happened just a day after Ambassador Kurt Volker texted Giuliani about his recent meeting with Ukrainian presidential aide Andriy Yermak and a "visit" they discussed. Volker then received a text from Yermak about a potential "meeting date" — a subject on which Volker said he asked Giuliani to "weigh in."More stories from theweek.com The case for Bernie Sanders ICE employees reportedly thought McKinsey consultant's cost-cutting recommendations went too far What the Charles Schwab-TD Ameritrade acquisition means



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Manafort's former son-in-law sentenced for multiple scams

Manafort's former son-in-law sentenced for multiple scamsPaul Manafort's former son-in-law has been sentenced in Los Angeles to nine years in prison for pulling a series of schemes totaling more than $ 13 million, including one that bilked $ 3 million from actor Dustin Hoffman. U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte Jr. ordered Jeffrey Yohai to pay $ 6.7 million in restitution on Friday for the schemes, some of which were carried out while he was released on bond for similar crimes. Prosecutors said Yohai persuaded Hoffman and his son Jacob to invest in a real estate project, but he used their money for personal expenses and to pay debts.



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Bill Gates addressed his multiple meetings with Jeffrey Epstein: 'I made a mistake in judgment'

Bill Gates addressed his multiple meetings with Jeffrey Epstein: 'I made a mistake in judgment'Bill Gates addressed his ties to Jeffrey Epstein Wednesday, saying that he "made a mistake in judgement" by associating with the convicted sex offender.



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Orinda mass shooting: Multiple victims at ‘Halloween party’ in California

Orinda mass shooting: Multiple victims at ‘Halloween party’ in CaliforniaMultiple people have been shot after a shooting at Halloween party in California, according to local media.Officials in Orinda, northeast of San Francisco, said they were investigating a “multiple shooting”.



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Authorities say 40 pounds of seized fentanyl is enough to 'kill entire population of Ohio' multiple times

Authorities say 40 pounds of seized fentanyl is enough to 'kill entire population of Ohio' multiple timesA raid in southwest Ohio has seized more than 40 pounds of fentanyl –enough to 'kill the entire population of Ohio' several times, officials said.



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Bill Gates, who said he had no relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, reportedly met with the disgraced financier multiple times, including a 2011 meeting with billionaire Eva Dubin and her teenage daughter

Bill Gates, who said he had no relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, reportedly met with the disgraced financier multiple times, including a 2011 meeting with billionaire Eva Dubin and her teenage daughterThe disgraced financier sought to work with JPMorgan and Gates' foundation on multiple funds, per the New York Times.



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North Korea carried out super-large multiple rocket launcher test on Tuesday: KCNA

North Korea carried out super-large multiple rocket launcher test on Tuesday: KCNANorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the testing of a super-large multiple rocket launcher on Tuesday, North Korean state media KCNA said on Wednesday. North Korea fired a new round of short-range projectiles on Tuesday, South Korean officials said, only hours after it signaled a new willingness to resume stalled denuclearization talks with the United States in late September. Kim, who had guided the testing of the same multiple rocket launcher before, said its capabilities have been “finally verified in terms of combat operation,” and what remains to be done with the rocket launcher is a “running fire test,” KCNA said, without elaborating on what the test would entail.



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N. Korea tests new 'super-large' multiple rocket launcher

N. Korea tests new 'super-large' multiple rocket launcherNorth Korea said Sunday leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test-firing of a “newly developed super-large multiple rocket launcher,” another demonstration of its expanding weapons arsenal apparently aimed at increasing its leverage ahead of a possible resumption of nuclear talks with the U.S. Kim underscored the need to “continue to step up the development of Korean-style strategic and tactical weapons for resolutely frustrating the ever-mounting military threats and pressure offensive of the hostile forces,” according to the KCNA. The “hostile forces” likely referred to the United States and South Korea, whose recently ended regular military drills infuriated North Korea.



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Roller coaster malfunction causes cars to collide; multiple kids taken to hospital

Roller coaster malfunction causes cars to collide; multiple kids taken to hospitalFive people were taken to the hospital Friday night after malfunctioning roller coaster failed to stop in Ocean City, Maryland.



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Portland’s Feared Far-Right Rally Hit by Multiple Setbacks

Portland’s Feared Far-Right Rally Hit by Multiple SetbacksREUTERSThe outlook of a Saturday far-right rally in Portland, Oregon is uncertain after some of its key organizers dropped out or faced arrest.The rally, organized by the far-right ultranationalist group the Proud Boys, is billed as a “protest” against anti-fascists, commonly known as “antifa.” The Proud Boys and other proto-fascist groups have previously brawled with anti-fascists in Portland, notably during a series of bloody rallies last summer. With members of the far right announcing their intention to travel from out of state to commit violence, Saturday’s rally has loomed as a potential powder keg. But after a series of arrests and warnings, some of the best-known agitators might not be attending.The rally’s biggest promoter, Proud Boy and former Infowars reporter Joe Biggs, advertised the event with explicit calls to violence. In the run-up to the event, Biggs has posed in shirts with slogans like “death to antifa” and “training to throw communists out of helicopters.” (The latter, a reference to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s execution of political opponents, is a popular reference on the paramilitary right.)Portland Braces for Another Round of Proud Boys, Antifa FightsIn repeated social media posts promoting the rally, Biggs called for blood. “Get a gun. Bu[y] ammo. Get your gun license. Get training. Practice as much as you can and be ready because the left isn’t playing anymore and neither should we,” he wrote in one of many similarly violent posts, among which was a picture of a person being suffocated with a plastic bag with the caption “death to antifa.” He repeated the sentiments in a video while holding a pro-Trump baseball bat.But in a Facebook post last week, Biggs announced that the FBI had visited him in his Florida home after a pair of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. “I wanna say again to all attending rally in Portland,” Biggs wrote, apparently in reaction to the visit. “Tone down rhetoric.”Biggs has not withdrawn from the rally, but began vanishing from social media platforms this week, extremism researcher JJ McNabb noted.Other, more local far-right brawlers also encountered law enforcement ahead of the rally. Portland police reportedly arrested six affiliates of extremist groups this week, over their alleged involvement in a May attack on a left-leaning Portland bar where they allegedly beat a woman unconscious and broke her vertebrae. Among those arrested Thursday was Joey Gibson, the leader of the far-right group Patriot Prayer. Gibson has previously stoked violence ahead of other rallies.Two Proud Boys who frequently fight in Portland were charged in spring with felony assault stemming from other fights.One large far-right group, the Oathkeepers, announced this week that they would skip the event altogether. Oathkeepers urged others on the right to drop out, citing Biggs’ violent rhetoric. “Frankly, given the prior statements of Joe Biggs that will be used against all attendees of his rally, it would be best for the patriot/conservative cause if this August 17 rally were simply canceled," the group’s president wrote in a statement on their website.Portland officials have urged the far-right and counter-protesters to avoid the rally, issuing a warning that the city would not welcome anyone "using the guise of free speech to commit acts of violence.”"You want to be hateful, stay home," Portland City Council member Jo Ann Hardesty said Wednesday. "Do not get on a plane, on a bus and come to Portland. We don't want you here. We never wanted you here. If you come, we will expose you to the light of day."The city has faced heavy criticism over its handling of previous protests, where police instituted a heavy crackdown, notably leaving one leftist with a serious head injury. Anti-fascists also accused the city’s police of playing favorites with the right, after it was revealed that a lieutenant kept in close communication with Gibson during previous rallies. The far right, for their part, accuse the city of giving anti-fascists preferential treatment. During a late June clash, masked assailants punched right-wing videographer Andy Ngo, an incident frequently cited in advertisements for Saturday’s rally.This week, anti-fascists gave the far right another reason not to show up: the leftist protest group Popular Mobilization (PopMob) announced that, for each attendee of the fascist rally, they would donate money to pro-immigrant causes.“Every one of the fascists that shows up is raising money for a cause that they hate,” PopMob spokesperson Jesse Goldman told HuffPost.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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